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Morning Keynote:
Accelerating Opportunity Through Partnerships
-Rip Rapson, CEO of Kresge Foundation

Morning Breakout Session I:
Creative Ways to Engage Your Community
Jessica Hill, Centralina COG
Monica Holmes, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department
-Al Bangoura, Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation

Regional Transit-Expanding Mobility for Economic Opportunity
Kristy Crisp, City of Gastonia
Jason Lawrence, Charlotte Area Transit System
LJ Weslowski, Concord Kannapolis Transit (CK Rider)

Fighting the War on Talent
-David Hollars, Centralina COG
-Ken McCoy, NCWorks Career Centers

Morning Breakout Session II:
Cyber Security for Local Governments
-Saad Gul
-Michael Slipsky

Preparing Your Community for Autonomous and Connected Vehicles
-Joseph Hummer, Ph.D, NCDOT
-Anna Gallup, PE,
-Stacy Cook, AICP, Cambridge Systematics

Dementia-Friendly Community Planning
-Linda Miller
-Susan Segrest
-Katherine Hebert

Luncheon Keynote: 
Is There Room for Politeness in Politics
-Leslie Winner, NC Leadership Forum
-John Hood, NC Leadership Forum

Afternoon Breakout Session: 
Winning at Social Media
-Kim Sellers
-Kaytee Smith

Air Quality After Attainment
-Megan Green
-Leslie Rhodes

Getting to an Inclusive, Regional Economic Development Strategy
Mike Manis,
Ronnie Bryant,

Final Plenary Session: 
Transportation: Remaining Globally Competitive
-Jim Ray
-Representative John A. Torbett
-Tony Lathrop
-Mike Holder